As reported by Censor.NET citing Ukrainski Novyny, the Swiss government has introduced sanctions against the so-called 'lawmakers' of Russia's State Duma, one of the chambers of the Russian parliament.
The list includes six individuals who were elected as Members of the Russian parliament in occupied Crimea during the recent parliamentary elections. They are Ruslan Balbek, Konstantin Bakharev, Dmitry Belik, Andrei Kozenko, Svetlana Savchenko, and Pavel Shperov. Two more Russian "MPs" Mikhail Sheremet and Natalia Poklonskaya have already been subjects of the E.U. sanctions.
Swiss restrictions, which came into force Nov. 17, are designed to prevent the persons targeted by the E.U. sanctions from bypassing them through Switzerland.
Earlier, European Union finance ministers agreed new targeted sanctions against Crimean officials Nov. 8. They were added to restrictive measures adopted after Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014.
As previously reported, in 2014, the European Union, the United States and several other countries imposed sanctions against Russia in connection with the occupation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine. These restrictive measures were repeatedly extended and expanded. In particular, the talks on visa waiver and a new basic agreement on cooperation were suspended; several Russia's officials were banned to travel to the EU while their assets were attached. Trade, financial, and military restrictions were introduced.
The sanctions list included a total of 151 individuals and 37 entities. The sectoral sanctions were imposed against 20 Russian financial, oil-producing and defense companies.
The Russian Federation introduced a package of retaliation restrictions against the EU, the U.S., Australia, Canada, and Norway in August 2014. The so-called counter-sanctions prohibited imports of fruit, vegetables, as well as dairy and meat products to Russia from these countries for a one-year period.
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